"Can an atheist and a christian be together happily?"
Yes, if you don't talk to much about religion and accept each other.
Problems come when you have kids....
A more pertinent question might be: can two people be together happily? All the issues that apply to the question asked, apply equally to this question. It depends!
I think this is a really good point. No two people are going to agree on everything.
Can a Democrat & a Republican live together happily in the US?
Can a Mets fan & a Yankees fan live together happily in NYC?
It depends how big a part of your life it is and how much else you have in common.
I'm tempted to answer this question by paraphrasing Ben Franklin on keeping secrets. But since several people have widened the topic to include a marriage between a theist and an atheist, I'll add that I'm happily married to a religious person, although she happens to be a Buddhist. I might be able to tolerate being married to a Xian, but I doubt she could stand all my mockery of her ridiculous beliefs.
It's certainly possible and does happen every single day...
But I personally don't know if I could stand it. You have to work at it and agree to compromise. Communication is key.
My husband is agnostic and even we agree to disagree on some things.
It depends on the tolerance and open-mindedness of each person. I can say from personnal experience that my situation worked out horribly. When my ex and I first met,we were both non-practicing christians. After about 12 years,she suddenly was " called by god " to go work in a church as a christian education co-ordinator. She got really into it and went to a theological college and became a commissioned pastor. She was reading the bible diligently. Then she began to judge me based on biblical content. I was and am just an ordinary guy with the same pitfalls and hangups your typical american male has. It wasn't good enough. According to her,I wasn't godly and that broke our marriage. So, all I can say is sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't.
Sorry Ken! I've heard similar stories before,unfortunately. A few of my friends' marriage were broken up by religion. In two of them the women "found Jesus" and in another it was a male ex-friend who became so dogmatic and Conservative that he left the roman church and joined the Orthodox catholic church. His wife left him, and I've been told by a mutual friend that he has expressed a desire to kill me.
if the christian is a fundamentalist, i really dont think so. it seems like every idea the christian would have about atheism would be very insulting and impossible to reason with.
however, i have a few christian friends that are very laid back and have a lot of things in common, even when it comes to their doubts about religion.
in you're case, I suppose it's completely possible for it to work out. My fiance is Pagan, and we respect each other's beliefs. I think I respect her beliefs way more then any christian because I'm open minded and realize that every religious tradition came from her beliefs in the first place. There isn't really anything hypocritical about her beliefs or doctrine.
If you have more in common then not with someone, there isn't really anything to worry about. If the christian isnt uptight about their beliefs, then it should be fine.